While MLB struggles to maintain consistent scheduling for all teams due to COVID, the NHL Playoffs (except Tampa Bay-Columbus causing the delay of Boston-Carolina due to 5 OT) continually provide results.
Friday’s schedule sees the remainder of Opening Round matchups complete Game 2 of their series. Here are the five interesting notes around the league.
Dillon Dube (CGY) – Flames rookie center has four goals in his first six postseason games. He’s also scored the first goal in three straight postseason games. (I’m waiting on hockey-reference to fix their site so I can provide more insight on this.) Dube scored just seven goals in his 45 regular-season games, and entered Game 1 against Dallas with one goal in his last 17 games overall.
Miro Heiskanen (DAL) – Stars second-year defenseman scored two goals in Dallas’s 5-4 victory against Calgary last night, giving him seven points this postseason. He tied Quinn Hughes of Vancouver for most points by a defenseman (7).
Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) – Hurricanes forward scored his fourth goal in five postseason games, tying Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) & Bo Horvat (VAN) for highest goals per game this postseason (players still playing).
Youth is served: Svechnikov represents the youth movement in the 2020 postseason, as five of the seven leading goal scorers are 24 or younger.
|Goals Per Game Leaders|
|Team||Age||Goals Scored||Goals PG|
|>>teams still participating|
New York Islanders – Entering Game 2 of their series against Washington, the Islanders lead the Eastern Conference averaging 3.4 goals per game. New York ranked 12th in the East during the regular season, with a goal per game average of 2.78.
|New York Islanders, Eastern Conference Rankings|
|Postseason, Regular Season|
|Goals PG||3.4 (T-1)||2.78 (12)|
|Goals PG All.||1.8 (2)||2.79 (5)|
|Goal Diff.||*+9 (2)||*-1 (10)|
|Pct of Players in Top 40 Scoring Leaders||3 pct||13 pct|